Destiny or Free Will?

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  1. ASHA PAIDHUNGAT says:

    Law of Karma certainly decides what we are likely to face later on, because as we sow, so shall we reap.Nevertheless, there are many matters beyond our control, which is capable of influencing our way of thinking & working.For example, if a person is born in a poor family due to past deeds, it will require opportunity to come up in life, even if a lot of effort is put in.So free will perhaps has a limited role, just as a cow tied to a tree by a rope has a limited area of green grass to graze on!

  2. Parthasarathy says:

    Hi,

    I would suggest that reader could read the book of swami parthasarathy called vedanta treatise. he has put across this question in a very nice manner.

    Destiny is like the river
    Current action are like swimming

    If a person destiny is good and the river is flowing at 10km per hour, even if he swims against the flow of river up to 9 km per hour, the destiny will take him to the right direction.

    If a person destiny is bad and the river is flowing at 10km per hour, even if he swims against the flow of river up to 9 km per hour, the destiny will take him to the bad direction.

    This explains why at time good people suffer before our eyes and the bad are enjoying the life. It is well explained in our scriptures. Ravana had a boon that no man can win or kill him. During his period there were four great warriors where there and who was not covered by the boon :

    Vali, – Vali actually took him as a prisoner and then ravana made friendship with him
    Kartaviryarjunan – Ravana’s father got him released from this king who was the devotee of tatatreya
    Parasurama
    Vishwamitra

    However ravana was allowed to live till he completes the fruits of the good action and then the bad action started giving the results which is his punishment by rama.

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